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At left, economics major Vuk Bojovic '14, second from the left, stayed at the home of former Augustana exchange student Yuki Serizawa while in Japan. At right, Jacob Zubrycki '13 minored in economics before starting as a budget analyst in the Augustana business office.

  • Careers/internships
  • About the program
  • What students say

Augustana’s full-time director of business internships works closely with accounting, business and economics students to place them in their ideal internships, both national and international. Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide.

About 75 percent of Augustana’s economics majors continue and excel in graduate or professional school, most commonly law or M.B.A programs. Recent examples include Michigan State (economics), Iowa State (statistics), John Marshall University (law), Southern Illinois (economics), University of California-San Diego (public policy) and University of Illinois (finance). Other graduates pursue careers in government or industry; recent examples include Epic Software (Madison), Ogilvy & Mather (Chicago) and FDIC (Milwaukee).

What graduates do

Allyson Martinez '13 is a junior financial analyst at Ogilvy Action.

Matthew Paris ’13 is a financial institution specialist with the FDIC.

The economics major is 27 credits, and the economics minor is 18 credits, both including courses in macroeconimcs, microeconomics, and specific topic areas such as development or environmental economics, and international trade and finance.

Both the major and minor also include courses in accounting, business statistics and mathematical probability/statistics; additional accounting and mathematics courses are recommended, plus philosophy.

Facts & distinctions

Most Augustana economics students double-major in another discipline, such as accounting, business administration, mathematics, a language, or the natural or social sciences.

Home to more than four municipalities and more than 30,000 businesses — including Deere & Company World Headquarters, 3M, Alcoa and the Rock Island Arsenal — the Quad-Cities area is a rich environment for economists. During the annual Business Day, a premiere job-shadowing event exclusively for Augustana students, economics majors job-shadow with an employer they choose from among hundreds of area companies.

Through the business club and the investment club, students interact with employees and business leaders from various industries. These clubs help students develop their career paths through educational resources and corporate involvement.

Adam DeSimone ‘12, economics and mathematics major; pursuing doctorate in economics at Michigan State
“The Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program was a truly defining academic experience for me. Prior to the biostatistics and medical decision-making research that I did at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, I still did not know whether to pursue law school or an economics graduate program. That experience really took my interest in economics to a new level.”

Abby Meeker '08, economics and business administration major; strategic supply management at John Deere & Co.
"I first took macroeconomics and then microeconomics, and I just thoroughly enjoyed the classes and the professors. They were really, really into what they were teaching. The biggest thing from the economics major that I draw on is simply understanding the economy, especially in the current conditions. A lot of the graphs and things that we look at are a lot like what we looked at at Augustana."

Joe Wood '15: motivation

Joe Wood graduated with a degree in political science and economics. He is an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. "I really appreciate the personal attention and motivation I have gotten from a number of my professors, who have had a huge impact on me over these last four years."

Ha Pham '15: the path to accounting

Ha Pham '15 will do an audit internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then earn a master's in accounting. She started at Augustana thinking she wanted a major in business but to her surprise, she add two more majors — economics and accounting — and realized an accounting profession was in her future.

Video: former CEO Brenda Barnes addresses students

Brenda Barnes '75, former executive at Pepsico and Sara Lee, visited campus to talk with students about navigating future lives and careers.

Economics major sees Asia in different way

Each year, many Augustana students study abroad and return with a new world view. Economics graduate Vuk Bojovic '14 traveled on East Asia term in the fall of 2013. He said the journey opened his eyes to the societies that will play a major role in foreign affairs in decades to come.

Jenkins using classroom learning on the job

Ben Jenkins, who won Augustana's 2013 Tallgrass Capital Award for most outstanding economics major, now finds himself using terms from the classroom on the job. He is working part of a "data warehouse team" at Epic, a maker of medical software.
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